Perceived support for promotion-focused and prevention-focused goals: associations with well-being in unmarried and married couples

Molden, Daniel C.; Lucas, Gale M.; Finkel, Eli J.; Kumashiro, Madoka and Rusbult, Caryl. 2009. Perceived support for promotion-focused and prevention-focused goals: associations with well-being in unmarried and married couples. Psychological Science, 20(7), pp. 787-793. ISSN 0956-7976 [Article]

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Perceived emotional support from close relationship partners in times of stress is a major predictor of well-being. However, recent research has suggested that, beyond emotional support, perceived support for achieving personal goals is also important for well-being. The present study extends such research by demonstrating that associations of perceived goal support with well-being differ depending on how people represent their goals and the general motivational context in which they pursue these goals. Among unmarried romantic partners, for whom the context of the relationship presumably is largely attainment oriented, perceived support for attainment-relevant (or promotion-focused) goals independently predicted relationship and personal well-being, whereas perceived support for maintenance-relevant (or prevention-focused) goals did not. In contrast, among married partners, for whom the context of the relationship presumably is both attainment and maintenance oriented, perceived support for both promotion-focused and prevention-focused goals independently predicted well-being. We discuss the implications for forecasting and improving well-being among married couples.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9280.2009.02362.x

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology
Research Office > REF2014

Dates:

DateEvent
July 2009Published

Item ID:

5362

Date Deposited:

25 Mar 2011 08:52

Last Modified:

06 Jan 2020 15:28

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/5362

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